Americaâ€™s Funniest Home Videos (AFV) is ABCâ€™s all-time longest running comedy series. Its 16-year run is longer than Bewitched, Happy Days, Home Improvement, Roseanne, The Wonder Years, Threeâ€™s Company and every other ABC comedy you can think of. Thatâ€™s 16 years of children flying off playground equipment, brides falling into cakes, teens with trucker hats lighting their body parts on fire and, everybodyâ€™s favorite, guys getting hit in the groin with a plethora of blunt garden tools.
In celebration of this longevity, and possibly because someone alerted ABC that not everyone in America has a PAX network affiliate (PAX, the all AFV, all the time network!) in their town, Shout! Factory has released Americaâ€™s Funniest Home Videos Volume 1.
For those unfamiliar with the show, hereâ€™s a quick synopsis. Each one-hour episode is made up of a collection of funny video clips that are submitted by the showâ€™s American audience. The clipsâ€™ subject matter varies, but the most common topics include babies doing cute or disgusting baby things, painful or amazing feats at sporting events, wedding disasters and, of course, getting hit in the groin. In fact, the 300th episode features a special segment entitled â€śGreatest Groin Hitsâ€ť where viewers were invited to vote on their favorite crotch shot over the Internet (Thank you, Al Gore!).
To make each episode show a little more interesting, three clips are chosen to compete for a cash prize. How they are chosen, I donâ€™t understand, but it appears to be at random. The â€śfinalistsâ€ť for the cash prize are announced toward the end of the episode. The studio audience then votes for their favorite and, finally, the winners are interviewed. So itâ€™s kind of a game show, too.
This four-DVD set features the award-winning reality comedyâ€™s 11th season, which was the first season for host Tom Bergeron of Hollywood Squares and Dancing with the Stars fame. The collection includes 12 full episodes on three discs and a bonus disc containing AFVâ€™s 300th show in two episodes. All told, thatâ€™s over nine hours of entertainment.